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Brian Smith – (Watercolour & Acrylic)

www.briansmithartist.com
  • Very popular Artist Tutor currently based in Cumbria
  • Works primarily in Watercolour and also Acrylic, focusing on People and Architecture
  • Had a career of 25 years as a Freelance Illustrator in London,
    Then 14 years running a residential painting school
  • Lived in the Balearics for 6 years before returning to the UK
  • Exhibits widely
  • Watch out also for POP UP courses with Brian throughout the year – these will be promoted by our monthly email newsletter – subscribe here

“The simple materials of paper, paint and water give such pleasure when you let them play.” BS
Brian’s Day Watercolour Workshop courses are very popular, and we usually try to organise them so there are two or three in a row, so those who wish to can make a Residential out of them.

FEEDBACK FOLLOWING BRIAN’S COURSES:
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“Really enjoyed the course. Brian was a great tutor & gave lots of useful info.”
“Friendly, helpful tutor, very patient!”
“More Brian please – he is the best art tutor I have ever come across for my needs.”
“Brian makes me feel like I can actually paint. And I am able to now in an uncomplicated way with much better results than I had before. I enjoyed his class so much.”
“Never felt I could do it until now!”
“I have gained confidence that I can paint something worthwhile. Thank you.”

 

Upcoming Courses

September 2017

IT’S ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER – WATERCOLOUR DAY

September 26th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Minimal line work to create focus. Warm or cool colour, when and where to use it. Implied rather than stated. Tonal values are important to emphasise your point. Draw the viewer into your subject to explain your intention. All abilities. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments

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SMALL IS BEST QUICK & FAST – WATERCOLOUR DAY

September 27th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Produce a series of small watercolour exercises to develop your skill level and show you lots of different alternatives which can be achieved in a short period of time. Create single colour exercises through to full colour images. Be stretched and enjoy the journey. All abilities. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments

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October 2017

THE FLEXIBILITY OF ACRYLIC – ACRYLIC DAY

October 17th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Thick or thin, opaque or transparent. Brush, palette, knife or finger. Rules are there to be broken. Canvas, paper or board, detail or suggestion, large or small, choice is everything. Brian will help you to make the right selection to develop your work. Make your mark and move forward. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments 1st of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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STRETCH YOURSELF WITH LANDSCAPE OPTIONS – ACRYLIC DAY

October 18th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Capture the climate, hot or cold, bleak or verdant. Large or small, portrait or landscape, endless options for you to explore. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments 2nd of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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November 2017

SKETCHBOOK FAST & LOOSE – WATERCOLOUR MASTERCLASS

November 13th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Sketchbooks are the windows of our ideas. Draw every and anything of interest. Use soft pencil to create shade, emphasise shape. Your ideas can evolve from a 5-minute thumbnail or 1-hour study adding colour to your finished work. Fast and loose, Brian will show and help you. Masterclass with limited spaces. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £77 inc. lunch & refreshments 1st of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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ONLY FROM LIFE – WATERCOLOUR MASTERCLASS DAY

November 14th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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You may not have worked from real life before, but the best way to make progress is to take inspiration from around you, indoors or out in the world. With help, explore options through subject selections, be it small detail or large vista. Take ideas through to finished painting avoiding the many pitfalls. A very rewarding journey to take you to the next level. Masterclass with limited spaces. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £77 includes lunch & refreshments 2nd of 2…

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December 2017

THE WATERCOLOUR JOURNEY – WATERCOLOUR DAY

December 5th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Develop your skills, explore problems, alter perceptions, work to another level. We are all sponges soaking up information. Be open-minded to grow, it will be fun! Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments 1st of 3 consecutive DAYS - attend all 3, save £20.

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THE WATERCOLOUR JOURNEY CONTINUED – WATERCOLOUR DAY

December 6th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Exercises, short sharp thumbnails to loosen up and hone skills. Longer exercises, explore and express new ideas. All in a days brushwork. It’s only a piece of paper so please do not worry - enjoy the journey! Brian Smith (Cumbria  www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments   2nd of 3 consecutive DAYS - attend all 3, save £20.

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MARK OF MOUNTAINS, FORM OF FELLS – WATERCOLOUR DAY

December 7th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Don’t be literal let your marks imply your story. Moving pigments on the surface creates texture. Join Brian to explore and expand fresh ideas to create the forms of the natural world. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments 3rd of 3 consecutive DAYS - attend all 3, save £20.

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January 2018

PUSH YOUR BOUNDARIES – WATERCOLOUR DAY

Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Minimal line, work to create focus, warm or cool colour, where and when. Implied rather than stated. Tonal values are important to emphasise your point, draw the viewer into your subject to explain your intention. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments 1st of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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LET’S BE BRAVE – WATERCOLOUR DAY

Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Minimal detail, maximum impact, composition and structure. Define your work. Brian will help you to explore and explain complimentary colours create harmony and hold interest. Let’s stretch boundaries to create new and interesting work. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments 2nd of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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March 2018

CREATE MOOD LIGHT AND ATMOSPHERE – ACRYLIC MASTERCLASS

Monday March 19, 2018 at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Using both brush and palette knife, fingers, thumbs and any other tool that might be appropriate! Warm or cool colour, detail or not, suggestion is always better than making a statement. Further your skills and join Brian. Masterclass with limited spaces. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £77 includes lunch & refreshments 1st of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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STREET LIFE AND FIGURES – ACRYLIC MASTERCLASS

Tuesday March 20, 2018 at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Tackle this challenging subject with Brian who will guide you through to a successful conclusion. Perspective and form stripped back and explained. Masterclass with limited spaces. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £77 includes lunch & refreshments 2nd of 2 consecutive DAYS - attend both, save £10

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